The BoatU.S. Foundation's Free Online Boating Safety Course is the only FREE course approved to satisfy the New York state mandatory education requirement for boaters born on or after 5/1/1996 as well as all PWC operators who are required to complete a NASBLA approved boating safety course.
After completing the course you will be awarded a temporary certificate that you can print free of charge but you will also need to purchase a permanent boating education card for $13 or apply for the the New York Adventure License as described below. Please allow 4-6 weeks from date of purchase to receive your permanent boating education card.
New York Adventure License Program
If you love to spend time on New York's waterways, make it easier to carry on the tradition of boating safely. After successful completion of this course, in just a few easy steps, you can choose to have your certification noted, as an anchor icon, on your NY Driver’s License or other identification document issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The advantage is that you will no longer need to carry your boating safety certificate with you when boating, provided you have your driver’s license with you.
For more information click on the link below to be taken to New York’s Adventure license web page.
Suffolk County Boaters - NEW YORK'S BOATER EDUCATION LAW, SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR IN 2013, SUPERSEDES SUFFOLK COUNTY'S PREVIOUSLY ENACTED BOATER EDUCATION REQUIREMENT AS OF 5/1/2014.
You must PASS all seven lessons in order to receive your certificate of completion.
This Boating Safety Course for New York boaters covers everything from Navigation Aids and Emergency Situations to Rules of the Road and Required Equipment. Each of the seven chapters includes a quiz at the end for you to test your knowledge. After reviewing all chapters, you will take a 75 question final exam including 10 questions specific to the boating laws in New York. Pass the exam with a score of 80% or better and you will then be able to print your certificate of completion.
Use the worksheets below as a guide to help you take notes as you go through each of the lessons. These worksheets are only meant as a guide and do not replace the course content or quizzes themselves.